WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co said on Tuesday it was optimistic about extending production of its F/A-18E/F and EA-18G fighter jets beyond 2017 given possible foreign orders and U.S. Navy officials’ recent statements about the need for more planes.
Dan Gillian, who runs both fighter programs for Boeing, told Reuters the company expected Denmark to announce the outcome of its fighter competition in June or July, and that a Middle East order could come as early as the second quarter.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force is looking at Textron Inc’s Scorpion and other aircraft to address future needs for low-end air support missions given its plans to retire the aging fleet of A-10 Warthog planes in coming years, a top general said Friday.
Later versions of Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 fighter jet would be the primary warplane used for close air support in future conflicts with higher-end adversaries, General Herbert Carlisle, who heads Air Combat Command, told reporters.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cyber attacks on U.S. weapons programs and manufacturers are a “pervasive” problem that requires greater attention, the top U.S. arms buyer said Thursday, saying that he would add cybersecurity to the Pentagon’s guidelines for buying weapons.
“It’s about the security of our weapons systems themselves and everything that touches them. It’s a pervasive problem and I think we have to pay a lot more attention to it,” Defense Undersecretary Frank Kendall told Reuters after a speech to the American Society of Naval Engineers in Washington.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military is considering sending its THAAD missile defense system to the Middle East, a senior U.S. Army general said on Wednesday, citing what he called an urgent need to respond to foes with missile systems and the will to use them.
General Vincent Brooks, head of U.S. Army Pacific Command, said no decisions had been made about deploying a U.S.-owned Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery in the Middle East or South Korea, another region where he saw an urgent need given the threat posed by North Korea.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday kicked off a drive to attract and retain more women and minorities, including a push to increase the number of female officers and pilots.
Air Force Secretary Deborah James announced nine measures that she said were critical to ensuring the Air Force’s success, such as a web-based mentoring system, longer deferrals for deployments after pregnancy, and a 30-percent target for the percentage of females in the officer applicant pool, up from 25 percent.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mandatory caps due to resume this year for the U.S. defense budget could complicate Congress’ ability to honor Israel’s request for $317 million in extra funding for missile defense programs on top of $158 million already requested by the White House.
U.S. lawmakers continue to strongly support Israel, but congressional aides said Israel’s push for over $475 million in U.S. funding for missile defense programs in fiscal 2016 could run into trouble if Congress does not ease or rescind budget caps on the overall level of the U.S. defense budget.
WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) – Lockheed Martin Corp
, the Pentagon’s No. 1 supplier, said it has seen a “sea
change” in demand for cybersecurity services in critical
infrastructure areas such as energy, oil and gas, and financial
institutions over the past 18 months.
Increased media coverage, more sharing of data about cyber
attacks, tighter government regulations, and growing concerns
about the fiduciary duties of corporate boards and chief
executives have stoked that demand over the past 18 months, said
Chandra McMahon, vice president of commercial markets for
Lockheed’s Information Systems security services.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force may kick off a multibillion-dollar competition for 28 launches of government satellites this spring to help end U.S. reliance on Russian-built rocket engines, according to an Air Force document seen by Reuters on Friday.
The Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center mapped out the possible tender, which would include government and private sector investment, in a request for information sent to selected companies on Feb. 18, with responses due March 20.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Air Force urgently needs a new long-range bomber to replace its aging fleet and will keep costs at or below a $550 million cap for each warplane, top U.S. officials told lawmakers on Friday.
Air Force Secretary Deborah James said the Air Force understood that runaway costs had to be contained, and noted that a sharp reduction from the planned purchase of 80 to 100 bombers would send the price of each aircraft spiraling higher.
WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy on Thursday
opened the door to further purchases of Boeing Co F/A-18
fighter jets and EA-18G fighter jets, saying it may ask
lawmakers to finance the planes as part of a list of “unfunded
priorities” to be sent to Congress.
More orders would help Boeing extend its St. Louis F/A-18
production line beyond 2017, but congressional aides and defense
officials said it remained unclear if Congress would ultimately
fund more jets at a time when it has yet to reach agreement
about removing budget caps that are due to resume in 2016.